Change in the currency

Victoria Lark

Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus


According to CNN, Treasury Secretary Jack Slew announced the redesigning of the $10, $20, and $5 bills.

Here’s what to expect:

Abraham Lincoln will keep his spot on the front of the $5 bill. Nevertheless, on the back, there will be portraits of individuals involved in historic events at the Lincoln Memorial. In conjunction to the memorial we can expect to see Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt. Anderson and Roosevelt held a concert at the memorial in 1939 in efforts to move the civil rights movement forward. In 1963, the Lincoln Memorial was the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held his “I Have a Dream” speech. We can expect to see him on the back of the bill too.

In an open letter from Jack Lew he announced, “I have been inspired by this conversation and today I am excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of out currency will feature the portrait of a woman- Harriet Tubman on the $20 note.”

Harriet Tubman is a 19th century abolitionist. Tubman was born into slavery, and when she escaped she made it her mission to help free as many slaves as possible via the underground railroad. Tubman was a humanitarian, and a Union spy during the Civil War. Harriet Tubman is going to be honored by being the first African-American woman to ever be featured on the front of a U.S. banknote. As for former President Andrew Jackson, he will now be on the back of the bill. “What she did to free people on an individual basis and what she did afterward, that’s a legacy of what an individual can do in democracy,” Jack Lew via CNN.

When the $20 and $5 are to be in circulation is currently unknown.

Unlike the other two bills, by the year 2020, the new $10 bill is expected to be in circulation. It will be the first time a woman is featured on U.S. currency, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This amendment gave women the right to vote; this is of significance because the back of the bill will feature women involved in the American suffrage movement. The $10 bill is what began the conversation of redesigning the currency which was brought about so anti-counterfeit officials could update their security features. Instead of removing Alexander Hamilton from the front of the bill, the backside will now include Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.

     Aerielle Washington of the Eissey Campus said, “America is evolving, sometimes for the worst. The acknowledgement of true American heroes is always for the better.”

Official prototypes of what to expect these bills to look like have not been released yet either, but the internet has released many ideas of what’s to come.

These bills will also have a new feature to help aid those whom are blind. What this textile feature may be is currently unknown. 518822267_3_570_411

Harriet Tubman, via AOL